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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by juststruttin, Oct 20, 2013.
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For those of us just starting out this year we will Have to use p's and k's. Whats the strategy for us??! My buckeyes have been laying since the fall my Barnevelders just started a few weeks ago? I am taking them to congress and then hope to start trying some small batch hatching!
No I don't. A partition is a good idea tho. It would take several days to figure out which one. hum... I could make a wire cage to set in the corner.
Can you elaborate on how you select for these traits and at what age you do it? That would be a big help!
Esp. to those of us who need to breed from cockerels and pullets.
What are the hallmarks of a trait which suggest an increase in:
1. Size of eggs:
2. Yield of eggs:
3. Length of time they will lay:
4: What length of time is involved in a properly speedy molt?:
A. Can this be determined part way thru the molt or does one have to wait until the molt is finished?:
You are right, you can select for future production at that age...for that year. You cannot guarantee performance for many years going forward. You can tell if they have that potential, but not all potential realizes itself. This is very similar to how a bird bred to the standard has the body to potentially produce well, but if not selected for those traits may not perform to it's full potential. Kind of like a Camaro with a v6 instead of a v8. So you select birds that will produce well that coming year. Then monitor them and re-examine as they enter their second year, see which ones will still be productive, keep them, and repeat every year.